Actually, it should be the opposite. The limit on salaries is what allows players to take pay cuts and join forces. If LeBron hit the open market and was allowed to get his real value to a franchise (50-75 million a year) the playing field would level out as teams prioritized according to their budgets, similar to baseball.
As likely the second recipient in NBA history of a 200 million dollar deal (after LeBron) I'm sure the NBPA would be none too happy with him skipping unrestricted free agency. He's one of if not the most underpaid athlete in sports right now.
Both of which are infinitely better options going forward than Al Jefferson. Also all indications are we don't sell "You get to play with this guy!" We take a page out of the Panthers book and sell "establishing a good culture, chemistry, etc) and it has worked, even if the signings themselves haven't.
Had max offers from Portland, New York, Lakers and Bucks and chose the Bucks because he could win. Welcome to the new NBA. Also, another big man off the market. Some team is going to get left out in the cold and we have Al Jefferson in this crowded, long-range-shooting front court and it doesn't make sense for us to pay him next year...
I don't think these moves are being made with the idea of Curry in mind as much as the idea of the team not being a laughing stock come the 2017 All-Star Game. It's one thing to acquire players in a desperate attempt to keep an impending free agent on the team satisfied, but trying to acquire Warrior cast-offs to lure him away would be...well...not a good idea, to put it lightly. With the cap jumping up, it looks like we would need to have around 30-40 million clear to take our shot, and if the books are any indication right now that is definitely doable as long as we spend responsibly (don't overpay MKG, Batum, DO NOT PAY AL.) Even if it doesn't work out, IMO just getting a guy like Curry in for a visit would be a victory in and of itself and show that little ol' Charlotte can be a factor in the upper echelon of free agency. With his and his family's strong connection to the area and the organization, it would be irresponsible NOT to at least reach out and gauge interest.
Goran is a certifiable starter and a good one at that as PFR has pointed out. And at a loaded position, Kemba didnt really have the leverage and probably wanted the security of 48 million. Turns out, given his injury and performance, it was a good move on his part. When you now stack his salary up against the starters of the league that will get their deals in the "new cap" era, I wonder if the front office envisions Kemba as a 6th man like Lou Williams and is simply addressing much more important needs on the roster before putting an emphasis on getting not just a backup, but a guy who could eventually be a full time starter. That's not a knock against Kemba as I think he'd be much better in a 6th man role that would fit his playing style better, but his "new" contract and the fact that according to Andy Katz on draft night we at least inquired with the Nuggets about Mudiay suggest down the line point guard could be the next position group overhauled.
We would like to... What-if stories are the worst. Blazers could be looking at a core of Lillard, Roy and Durant. And as great as Durant is, Oden was an even better prospect at the time. Whatif the Pistons take Wade, Bosh or Melo over Darko and add them to the modern Pistons dynasty? What if Portland pairs Jordan and Drexler? Houston takes Jordan? What if Shinn sold the team like we all wanted? What if the Bobcats' first draft is at the top of the 2003 class and not 2004?
Al is the key here. We have re-vamped this frontcourt and he appears to be the odd man out in terms of skillset. Clifford has also taken him to task about being in shape this season when it was very apparent he rested on his laurels last season. If we even think about giving him a boatload of cash in this market and make him our "franchise" guy, this team will truly go nowhere, just like all of Al's previous teams.
Your frustration is duly noted, buy you MIGHT be overreacting a tad here. I don't feel like looking for it but folks here have already broken down why Charlotte didn't and shouldn't have taken the Celtics deal.